This was light and fun to read (I actually read this in one day!) and I learned a lot about coffee that I didn't know.
Clare Cosi is a divorced woman,...moreThis was light and fun to read (I actually read this in one day!) and I learned a lot about coffee that I didn't know.
Clare Cosi is a divorced woman, who after her daughter grows up and leaves the house finds herself slightly bored by the suburbs. When her friend, Madame, offers her the management position at Village Blend coffeehouse in Greenwich Village (a position she once held before leaving for the suburbs years ago) with the added incentives of the apartment above the shop and a percentage of the business, she jumps at the chance. A month later, after selling her home, and with her cat,Java, in tow, she arrives at the coffeehouse only to find her assistant manager, Annabelle, lying at the foot of the stairs.
Was it an accident? Or did someone push Annabelle? Clare sets out to find the truth, aided by the handsome homicide detective. We also meet her daughter, Joy, and her ex-husband, Matt.
The biggest problem I had with this book, and it may be petty, is that twice in the book the word bawled was misspelled as balled. The first time I thought it might be a typo, the second time I was sure she just didn't know how to spell it and the editors did not catch it. Being balled out brings a different picture to mind than being bawled out!!
One of my pet peeves is that editors are getting sloppy (or more frightening, do not know grammar well!) I am the first to admit that I am not the best with grammar and punctuation, but I REALLY can't stand some of the mistakes I've seen, especially loose for lose>. And some of the books I've read, lead me to the conclusion that a spellchecker was used without human intervention, because of the obviously misspelled words that are actually words but do not make sense in the sentence. Ah well! Rant over. ;D(less)
I LOVED this book!! I read it over and over and have given copies to several people.
The book starts off with a "handwritten" and smudged story, writte...moreI LOVED this book!! I read it over and over and have given copies to several people.
The book starts off with a "handwritten" and smudged story, written like books in the Bible, by a auto mechanic who discovered the Divine in himself and was followed by throngs of people,who called him a messiah, until he had to disappear.
Then the "real" book begins: A young man flys around the country in his airplane, supporting himself by selling flights in his plane. One fateful day, he meets a strange individual who seems to have amazing abilities, including (one of my favorites)preventing insects from smashing on the windshield.
I feel that this book deepened my spirituality, and reinforced my desire to live life more peacefully, and with great kindness. I only wish I could perfect the "no-bugs-killed-on windshield" trick!! (Remember the Kleenex commercial about the monk who saves the spider, turtle, and fish, then after he blows his nose is dismayed to see that Kleenex kill germs? That is somewhat like me: I am always helping various critters outside--I don't like to kill anything. However, I don't worry about bacteria, molds, dust mites, mosquitos, and cockroaches. I am a hypocrite in that way!)(less)